Tuesday night in the NBA had a light schedule with three games on the docket. The always interesting Lakers played their first game with Mike D’Antoni on the bench. They hosted the hot shooting Brooklyn Nets in a highly competitive game. In the early game, Toronto visited the Philadelphia 76ers. The streaking Knicks went back out on the road to play the New Orleans Hornets. An hour before the game, the Hornets announced that number one draft pick Anthony Davis was ruled out with an ankle injury.
NBA recap- November 20th
Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers came back from down seven at the start of the fourth quarter for a relatively easy victory down the stretch. The Raptors have had trouble holding on to second half leads, and this was nothing new last night. Jrue Holiday was two rebounds away from a triple double. He finished with 19 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds. Nick Young hopped off the bench to drop a team high 23 points for the 76ers. Toronto was led by Demar Derozan with 24 points and Andrea Bargnani added 22 points in the loss. Philadelphia moved their record to (7-4), while the Toronto Raptors fell to (3-8).
New York Knicks vs New Orleans Hornets
The hot shooting Carmelo Anthony came out blazing with 19 first quarter points against the Hornets. They pushed the lead to double digits in the first quarter, before the Hornets fought back to take a brief lead in the second quarter. Ryan Anderson and Brian Roberts led the charge against the Knicks second unit. After regaining the five point lead by halftime, the Knicks outscored New Orleans 30-16 in the third quarter. Even with Carmelo going off earlier in the night, the game was diminished by the news of Anthony Davis’ injury. The Young Hornets played tough for awhile, but they didn’t have enough punch to stay close in the second half. Carmelo finished the game with 29 points, and Tyson Chandler added 12 rebounds to lead the Knicks. Once again, the New York bench played a strong game with six players having double figure minutes. J.R. Smith led the bench in scoring with 15 points. Even with all the offense, the Knicks defense kicked in to gear in the second half. They held the Hornets to 32 second half points. Ryan Anderson led the Hornets with 15 points and 8 rebounds. New York is now (8-1) on the season. The Hornets dropped to (3-6).
New York Knicks 102
New Orleans Hornets 80
L.A. Lakers vs Brooklyn Nets
This was Coach D’Antoni’s first game on the bench for the Lakers and they came out ready to roll. The Lakers started out with a 10 point spurt to force the Nets into an early timeout. However, this is a new Brooklyn team, and they came right back to make a game of it. The Lakers were up by six at the end of the first quarter. The Nets has a really strong second quarter and took a one point halftime lead. The whole game went back and forth. The tempo slowed down in the second half as the defenses really stepped into gear for both teams. The Lakers’ big four starters had balanced scoring all the way through. Kobe Bryant paced the team with 25, while Dwight Howard chipped in 23 points and 15 rebounds. Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace added 17 points apiece. Gasol also contributed 11 rebounds and seven assists. The Nets were led by Brook Lopez with 23 points. Deron Williams had a solid game with 22 points and 10 assists. Reggie Evans led Brooklyn in rebounding off the bench with 11.
The (6-5) Lakers are now (5-1) since firing Mike Brown, and they are over 500 for the first time this season. The Nets fell to (6-3).
LA Lakers 95
Brooklyn Nets 90
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